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Despite Challenges, Fairfield County Office Market Shows Improvement Potential

With employment representing one of the most critical factors in the health of the office sector, people naturally look to the unemployment rate as a key metric to quickly assess a given market. By this standard, Fairfield County should be thriving, with the unemployment rate at 4.4 percent in April 2017 — just under the 4.8 percent rate reached just prior to the recession. And yet, the availability rate in Connecticut’s largest office market stood at 24.5 percent at the end of the first..

August 9, 2017

High-End, Specialty Retailers See More Promise in Western New York

[caption id="attachment_183539" align="alignright" width="100"] Douglas Jerum, Ferrar Jerum International LLC[/caption] A trend in retail activity in Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region over the past six to 12 months has been the announcement or arrival of a number of high-end or specialty retailers and restaurants. Although traditionally these retailers are more selective about the markets they enter, as they continue to grow nationally they have to expand the list of potential..

August 2, 2017

Urban Edge Properties Acquires Retail Portfolio in Northeast, Midwest for $325M

NEW YORK CITY — Urban Edge Properties (NYSE: UE) has purchased a seven-property retail portfolio primarily within the New York City metro area and Missouri for $325 million. The portfolio contains a total of 1.5 million square feet. The acquisition includes Yonkers Gateway Center in Yonkers, N.Y.; Manchester Plaza in Manchester, Mo.; and The Plaza at Woodbridge in Woodbridge, The Plaza at Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill and 21 E. Broad Street/One Lincoln Plaza in Westfield, all in New..

May 26, 2017

Cross-Border Investments Continue to Surge in Manhattan

As the U.S. economy passes through the third largest expansion cycle in the economic history, every sector in the economy has seen phenomenal growth over the last six to seven years. The growth in other industries has had a trickle-down effect on the real estate sector. U.S. real estate has seen rents surging and even surpassing the previous expansion cycle, as well as an increase in leasing and absorption activity and a record rise in the value of sales transactions. Manhattan has always been..

May 24, 2017

Retailers Take Advantage of New Opportunities in Manhattan

The news is rife with stories regarding retail bankruptcies, store closures, challenges facing conventional shopping centers, and consolidations by department and specialty stores. Although not immune to some of these challenges, the Manhattan retail environment has enjoyed much activity during the second half of 2016 and the first part of 2017. To be sure, some submarkets and certain retail corridors have seen an increase in vacancies and a corresponding fall in asking rents. However, a number..

May 17, 2017

HFF Handles $15.1M Sale of Grocery-Anchored Retail Center in Metro Albany

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – HFF has secured the $15.1 million sale of Columbia Plaza, a 137,647-square-foot grocery-anchored retail center in East Greenbush. HFF marketed the property on behalf of the seller, a partnership between Capstone Realty Group and WP Realty.  Nigro Cos., based in Albany, N.Y., purchased the asset free and clear of existing debt. Anchored by Price Chopper, Columbia Plaza is 89.3 percent leased and home to Peebles, Dollar Tree, Pet Stop, Vineyard Wine & Spirit, Nishiki..

March 6, 2017

RXR Realty Breaks Ground on $1B Waterfront Redevelopment on Long Island

GLEN COVE, N.Y. — RXR Realty has broken ground on Garvies Point, a $1 billion waterfront redevelopment in the Long Island city of Glen Cove. The project will restore 56 acres of Glen Cove’s waterfront, creating more than 1,100 LEED-certified residences and 75,000 square feet of shops and restaurants. The project will also feature approximately 28 acres of public open spaces with parks, playgrounds, esplanades, marinas, an amphitheater and dog park. The residential units will include..

December 7, 2016

Rochester Renaissance: CBD Office Sector on the Rise

[caption id="attachment_167122" align="alignright" width="100"] Ira Korn, Genesee Commercial Realty/CORFAC International.[/caption]Rochester’s story is similar to those of other cities with once prominent downtowns. Starting in the 1970s, businesses and families largely fled to the suburbs as newer and nicer suburban offices were built. Larger companies, including many staple downtown dwellers such as large law and accounting firms, left the downtown in search of free parking, shorter..

November 23, 2016

New York’s Capital Region Industrial Market Continues to Thrive

[caption id="attachment_167119" align="alignright" width="100"] Tyler Culberson, NAI Platform[/caption] The Capital Region continues to experience low vacancy rates across the industrial sector. The region’s growth over the last decade has primarily been driven by multibillion-dollar investments by GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry, and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (known as SUNY Poly). With limited new construction and virtually no spec-built facilities,..

November 18, 2016

BH Properties Buys Three Hotel Leases in Manhattan for $338.2M

NEW YORK — BH Properties has purchased a portfolio of three New York City hotel leases for $338.2 million. Lexington Realty Trust sold the leased fee positions, which give the owner rights to the rent revenue without actually owning the property, similar to a ground lease. The acquisition is BH Properties’ first transaction in Manhattan and the largest transaction in the firm’s history. The deal was structured as a reverse 1031 exchange. BH Properties restructured its balance sheet..

October 10, 2016